Literary Mama writing about the many faces of motherhood
Pregnancy

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mood
swings
piqued
euphoric
morose
pooped
blue
pink
pale
anxiety
keenness
breasts blossom
small ring of color
caresses the areola
hypersensitivity
nausea
heartburn and indigestion
shortness of breath and backaches
frequent urination, abdominal cramps
tiny amounts of hCG enter blood stream
food cravings, fatique, bloating, back pain
  incessant urination, constipation, irritability
   triple fudge sundae and pickles, navel pushes out
   ohwowsomethingismovinginsideyesicanfeel
   youmoveandnowyouarekickingandpunching
owwtherewewillbothshifttoamorecomfortable
position I wonder if you'll have my mother's
eyes or the soft curl of my sister's upper lip
should I name you Elizabeth or Samantha
Samuel or Caleb or wait until I see you
spider
veins
fluid
edema
ankles
swelling
feet feel
tight and shoes
don't fit quite right


Lori Romero has authored a chapbook, Wall to Wall, published by Finishing Line Press. Her short story, “Strange Saints,” was a semifinalist in the Sherwood Anderson Fiction Award. Her poetry and short stories have been published in numerous journals and anthologies, including Branches Quarterly and Plum Biscuit.


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